Guess what, Vancouver? In addition to it being Wednesday, it’s also the 10th anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. As we reflect on Vancouver a decade ago, it’s also fun to talk about how Vancouver 2010 changed not only the city, but the world of sport in general. Yeah, no joke.
Vancouver represented major steps forward for the Winter Olympics in a few different ways. We’ll start off with the most important of these- infrastructure development. Rather than build massive facilities in the boonies, the City of Vancouver brought new spaces and transit options into existing communities. The Olympic Oval in Richmond and the Pacific Coliseum are good examples of this, but of course, the Canada Line was the real massive change.
In conjunction with all that building, Vancouver was also the first city to really dive into environmentally sustainable options. Examples here include the hybrid vehicles brought in for public transit, a carbon offset programme, and even getting energy from waste heat recovery systems during the games.
Finally, Vancouver actually created a non-profit to promote social inclusion in sports and beyond. Originally called 2010 Legacies Now, the organization was devoted to establishing community legacy programs. Now, it’s called LIFT Philanthropy Partners, and it helps with social programs across Canada.
So yeah, we’ve definitely got a few things to be proud of on the anniversary of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Are you hitting up the anniversary celebrations?